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Sorabji: Piano Sonata No 2 / Tellef Johnson

Release Date: 10/26/1999 
Label:  Altarus   Catalog #: 9049   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Kaikhosru Sorabji
Performer:  Tellef Johnson
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 52 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This release documents the U.S. premiere of Kaikhosru Sorabji's Second Piano Sonata. Like his First Sonata, Sorabji's longer, more ambitious follow-up takes its cue from Busoni's serpentine textures and Cyril Scott's action-packed chromatic syntax. The work's lapidarian surface style conveys a seductive, virtuosic array of color, nuance, and zillions of notes, beautifully dispatched through Tellef Johnson's astoundingly assured hands and fingers. Yet, if you fast forward and let the laser drop at random moments, you won't have a clue where you are, or where Sorabji is for that matter. There's little sense of tension and release as Sorabji foams at the mouth over the Sonata's more than 50-minute duration. You'll either love it or hate it. Read more Altarus provides excellent, informed notes, but the sound is only adequate.

--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

Sonata for Piano no 2 by Kaikhosru Sorabji
Performer:  Tellef Johnson (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1920 
Date of Recording: 12/06/1998 
Venue:  Live  Merkin Concert Hall, New York City 
Length: 52 Minutes 12 Secs. 

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